Business - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Succession planning at the ministry of forests and range: A focus on developing an effective formal mentoring program

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Date created: 
2005
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This study examined the Succession Planning initiative at the BC Ministry of Forests and Range (MOFR), with a focus on developing an effective formal mentoring program. Using a change audit approach, the researchers examined work completed to date and interviewed Succession Planning team members and other project stakeholders, with the purpose of assessing the initiative against 8 key change project success criteria. Individual research in Mentoring, Visioning and Succession Planning also provided the MOFR with some further recommendations, with the in-depth assessment of the Mentoring program presented in this paper. Results of the audit indicated that while the MOFR's change initiative had some strengths, there are some key recommendations for improvement in all 8 dimensions. Additional improvements included succession mapping, stock flowcharting, communications strategy, stakeholder analysis, training and development, performance measures, vacancy chains and a pilot project. The research on mentoring resulted in some recommendations for developing a formal mentoring program.

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Thesis
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Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

The opportunity for retail drug store development in rural British Columbia

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2005
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The drug store industry provides pharmacy service, cosmetic product and other health, beauty, and convenience goods to the population of British Columbia in urban, suburban and rural markets. Many different store formats compete in the industry using a variety of different strategic approaches. The mix of formats varies between urban and rural markets. A review of the value chain and a competitive force analysis identifies key success factors for the industry. The impact on these factors of differences in the rural markets and in particular the small population base must be considered. This determines the essential factors for successful competition in rural markets across the province. Over 25% of the British Columbian population lives in small rural communities. Development or expansion into these markets by companies who can achieve the key success factors will present the opportunity to increase market share and profitability.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Analysis of Alcan Kitimat smelter's approach in maximizing values of the engineering services

Date created: 
2005
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Alcan's smelter in Kitimat is equipped with 50 year old technology and is therefore close to the end of its operating life. A major capital investment will be required sometime in the future, to extend operations at this location. Each year, approximately $1 00 million is spent on sustaining projects and maintenance to support smelter operations. Sustaining projects fall into two categories, one is the replacement or upgrading of existing equipment and the other is the addition of new equipment to meet changing environmental, health and safety regulations. Managing the projects generated by these sustaining expenditures is a challenge for the engineering department. With limited manpower resources, Alcan engineering has to rely on the services of engineering consulting firms. Consulting engineering firms play a key role in managing these sustaining projects by providing manpower and expertise for all project phases. An isolated location further complicates the availability of support resources for all three major industries operating in Kitimat. Finding a satisfactory solution for both industry and consulting firms is a challenging task. For Alcan, a long term planning strategy cannot be fully developed without consideration and promotion of a long-term business plan.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Strategic analysis of Business Objects versus Cognos Incorporated, providers of business intelligence software

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Date created: 
2005
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Business Objects is the current market leader in the Business Intelligence software industry, which provides query, analysis and reporting tools to organizations needing to access data stored in disparate sources. In 2003 Business Objects acquired Crystal Decisions the # 3 firm at the time, resulting in the current organization. During the period of acquisition Cognos Inc. released a new product, ReportNet that was extremely well - received, becoming their leading revenue product in a 12 month period. Based on this success, Cognos is in a position to overtake Business Objects as the #I provider in the space within a 2 - 3 year period. This paper proposes a marketing strategy and new product introduction to reduce the capability of Cognos to threaten Business Objects as the #I vendor. This marketing and product strategy is consistent with management preferences and produces a positive NPV.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Defining a competitive strategy for the maintenance function at Eurocan pulp and paper mill

Date created: 
2005
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Eurocan Pulp and Paper Co., Division of West Fraser Mills, Ltd. (the Company or Eurocan), located in Kitimat, BC, operates two paper machines and manufactures unbleached linerboard and haft paper. This project defines a strategy for maintenance at Eurocan. The Company has no sustainable competitive advantage and therefore needs to be competitive based on cost. Maintenance is a significant cost and therefore is subject to analysis. After examining maintenance, this paper found that Eurocan must continue to improve its maintenance function in order to improve equipment reliability. Additionally the Company must lower the cost of maintenance without affecting the improvement in reliability. Eurocan should continue to improve the performance of its in-house crews. As higher levels of efficiency are reached, the in-house teams can be further utilized by performing some administrative duties, performing more preventative maintenance work, or by taking on work that is currently being contracted out.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Using technology for bed management in public hospitals - A strategic analysis and change management plan

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2005
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As healthcare organisations in New South Wales, Australia, are facing the increased demands of an aging population, new approaches to improving access to services are being sought. This project explores the potential of applying information technology to the management of beds in a large Sydney public hospital. More specifically, this project addresses the cultural and organizational aspects of hospital environments and factors them into a change management plan for implementing bed management technology proposed by New South Wales Health, the State governing body overseeing public hospitals. In the process, the strategic implications of the proposed technology implementation are considered and alternative suggestions employing more advanced information technology are made. This study, then, acts as a change management guide for information technology implementations in general in public hospitals and offers insight into healthcare service demand management strategies and how business methodology and technology might be factored into assisting in this challenge.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Strategic fit analysis - RW tracers

Date created: 
2005
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This paper analyses, RW Tracers, a company dedicated to tracing lost individuals, to determine how to improve its performance since expected sales growth and profitability margin have yet to be met. The company's strategy is examined to determine if the company meets the criteria of strategic fit. To add context, an Industry Analysis is conducted to determine the Key Success Factors of the tracing industry. These Key Success Factors are then linked to the Industry Value Chain to build a model used to measure RW Tracers' performance against two primary competitors. This comparison is then applied to craft a new strategy which is then compared to RW Tracers' internal capabilities to establish if any gaps exist, and if so, whether such gaps can be diminished or eliminated. Finally, specific recommendations are made to enable the implementation of the new strategy to increase the probability of resolving the performance issues.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

Setting up a remote outpost in a distributed IT organization

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Date created: 
2005
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Adding a remote outpost to the central IT organization has proven to be very difficult challenge. When adding a new remote site, issues related to physical boundaries, technology, organization, culture and establishing trust need to be accounted for. Also, the modified organization needs to be put into the existing organizational context expressed through its strategic objectives. Before jumping into implementation, a strategic fit and a general economic analysis should be performed. Also, a communications framework between the central IT and the remote site resources and customers needs to be established. After the remote site needs are analyzed, a budget, scope and schedule need to be established. I f the project is approved, collaboration and knowledge exchange frameworks need to be implemented. This paper proposes the design and the sequence of the implementation process for adding a new remote site to the existing central IT organization.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

The management of drug expenditures at British Columbia correctional centres

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Date created: 
2005
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Total drug expenditures for BC Correctional Centres have increased significantly from 2002 to 2004. This rapid increase in drug expenditures was attributed to the increase in drug costs and utilization. BC Corrections' drug costs and utilization are affected by internal and external factors. Pharmacy seivices for the BC Correctional Centres are currently provided by the PDC Pharmacy. An analysis of initiatives undertaken by this Pharmacy is performed to assess the cost effectiveness of the current pharmacy services. In the analysis, drug costs and dispensing fees of the PDC Pharmacy are compared to those of local retail pharmacies from ten BC regions. This analysis indicates that the PDC Pharmacy provides cost effective pharmacy services and should continue to provide services for the BC Correctional Centres. In addition, improvements on current cost saving programs and the development of new programs to manage the rapidly rising BC Corrections' drug expenditures are suggested.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)

A strategic analysis for Fransen Engineering Ltd.

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Date created: 
2005
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Fransen Engineering Ltd. is a twenty-five year old medium-sized consulting engineering firm that provides multi-discipline services to heavy industrial clients primarily throughout western Canada. Having survived an industry recession that began just as the founder of the company retired, the company is now seeking to set a firm direction for the future. Based on the company's current strengths and several unique advantages, a strategy focused on the efficient implementation of small multi-discipline projects is recommended. Because engineering consulting firms generally begin focusing on larger projects as they grow, the unique aspect of the strategy is the exclusive focus on small projects.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Department: 
Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Research Project (M.B.A.)